June 11, 1976 - June 19, 1976 • Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 83,455
In 1976, adversity-hardened Arizona pounded 14 hits off two Eastern Michigan pitchers to win its first national championship in any sport.
The Wildcats, clawing back through the loser's bracket, defeated the Hurons 7-1.
The Wildcats' uphill road to the championship began even before they lost to Arizona State in the first round.
They finished second in the Western Athletic Conference and qualified for the CWS after being selected as an at-large entry in the Midwest Regional. Arizona State played at home in winning its CWS berth in the Rocky Mountain Regional.
Arizona had never won the CWS, but was a finalist in 1956, 1959, and 1963 under Frank Sancet, coach Jerry Kindall's predecessor.
Eastern Michigan had played in the CWS the previous two years and was making its first appearance in the finals. The Hurons had been in NCAA Division I since 1971, the year after they won the national NAIA championship.
Ken Phelps, Arizona St., 1b, Sr.
Dan Schmitz, Eastern Mich., 2b, Jr.
Brian Petroff, Eastern Mich., 3b, Fr.
Russ Quetti, Maine, ss, So.
Dave Stegman, Arizona, of, Sr.
Ken Landreaux, Arizona St., of, Jr.
Pete Van Horne, Arizona, of, Jr.
Ron Hassey, Arizona, c, Sr.
Steve Powers, Arizona, dh, Sr.
Bob Owchinko, Eastern Mich., p, Sr.
Bob Chaulk, Arizona, p, Jr.